Cemetery Boys
by Brewer, Heather

When Stephen moves to the midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon, but the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.

After his mother is institutionalized with a sudden mental illness, Stephen moves with his father from Denver to Spencer, Michigan, population 816. At first, Stephen thinks that Spencer's inhabitants are hicks, the town is rundown and boring, and his father has spinelessly abandoned his mother, and he is counting the days till his eighteenth birthday-and escape. A charismatic set of twins makes life more interesting, though, and Stephen falls hard for beautiful Cara and befriends her brother, Devon, and his crew of followers. Through them, Stephen learns of the village legend-the Winged Ones-who bring bad times to Spencer until they are appeased by a human sacrifice. Rumor or truth? The tension builds from the first scene, but stock characters abound, and few, if any, clues are provided for a pull-the-rug-out-from-under-you ending. In addition, Brewer's treatment of mental illness is unfortunate: Stephen's mother comes down with delusions suddenly, like a case of measles. Still, fans of Brewer's Slayer Chronicles will be creating demand for this new supernatural thriller. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An all-in marketing campaign, including plenty of social media outreach, will put this on the radar of readers beyond Brewer's already extensive fan base. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Stephen's family returns to his father's hometown in search of a fresh start, but the town's dark history threatens to swallow them whole.Stephen's father swore he'd never return to the tiny, backwater town of Spencer, Michigan, but excessive hospital bills have forced his hand. So Stephen finds himself living with his grumpy grandmother and distracted father, worrying about his sick mother who remains back home. He distracts himself with beautiful local girl Cara and befriends her twin brother, Devon. He also investigates the town's mysterious legends, most of which involve murders and gruesome winged beasts. The author expertly sets the tone of a small claustrophobic town where everyone knows everyone else's business and no one wants outsiders digging too deep. Nagging dread permeates the narrative, casting a shadow over even some of Stephen's happier moments. His budding romance with Cara is smartly paced, resulting in a solid couple that feels fresh and rounded when compa red to other teen couples in horror books. The novel's final pages will surely shock readers: The author takes great glee in not just presenting a great reveal toward the end, but also twisting the knife. Keen-eyed readers may spot the twist, but few will predict just how far it goes. A slick, spooky, chilling mystery. (Horror. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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